Schools: Facilities

Education and Skills written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Andy Reed Andy Reed PPS (Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo, Paymaster General), HM Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what account is taken of potential community use in consideration of funding for under the Building Schools for the Future programme.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills, Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Schools and 14-19 Learners)

Access to school facilities by the wider local community outside the school day should be possible in any school. The areas of school accommodation covered by Building Schools for the Future funding are set out in Building Bulletin 98. This includes allowance for facilities to encourage schools' extended and community use. It takes account of the need for security, dual-use facilities (which can be used for both educational and non-educational purposes, such as visiting health professionals at certain times), and community use without disruption to pupils' work, and includes facilities such as:

alternative 'reception' facilities and access for out-of-hours use; sports hall, activity studio and changing facilities suitable for public use; accessible toilets and lockers for use by adult visitors; a community office and storage spaces separate from those used by the school.

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However, BSF will not fund accommodation for dedicated non-educational services other than residential accommodation for SEN schools. Provision of these would require the joining up of other funding streams with BSF funding, such as funding from SureStart, Primary Care Trusts, DCMS, or ODPM. Further guidance on joining-up funding streams has been issued for BSF authorities.

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